Matty Nicholson set for NRL move with Warrington Wolves to lose star talent

Matty Nicholson will leave Warrington Wolves for the NRL at the end of the season, according to reports in Australia. The back-rower has informed the Wire that he will be activating a release clause in his contract that allows him to head down under.

It's been reported by the Daily Telegraph that the 20-year-old, one of Super League's best young talents, has informed Sam Burgess of his desire to crack the NRL next year, with five clubs believed to be interested in securing his services.

The Halifax-born talent came through the ranks at Wigan Warriors before making the move to Warrington. While Nicholson isn't off-contract this year, an NRL release clause was added to his contract at the time of his move to the club, as NRL sides were already showing interest in his services at the time.

Having amassed further first-team experience since his move to the club, he has made 33 appearances for the Wolves since his arrival in 2022. He has now attracted further suitors and has made the decision to pursue a move to the competition next year.

Warrington are understood to have made an attempt to sign Nicholson to a new contract in recent times, one that would have seen the NRL clause removed from his deal. However, it appears their attempts have been unsuccessful. They are understood to be entitled to a transfer fee from the club Nicholson decides to sign for.

Where Nicholson moves remains to be seen. Historically, Canberra Raiders have shown interest in English talent but Newcastle Knights have been watching the Super League market closely in recent years, signing Will Pryce and Kai Pearce-Paul last year. Lewis Dodd is heading to South Sydney Rabbitohs at the end of the season.

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